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Biden Pushes Shots, Not More Restrictions As Variant Spreads

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FILE - President Joe Biden speaks as he announces that he is nominating Jerome Powell for a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chair, during an event in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Nov. 22, 2021. The Biden administration on Friday, Nov. 26, called for an overhaul of the nation’s oil and gas leasing program to focus on areas that are most suitable for energy development and raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(AP) — President Joe Biden will urge Americans to get vaccinated and to receive a booster shot, as he seeks to quell concerns over the newly-identified COVID-19 variant named omicron. But he won’t immediately push for more restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. That’s according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

Fauci said Monday that there were as yet still no cases of the variant identified in the U.S. but that it was “inevitable” that it would make its way into the country. Biden is expected to deliver remarks on the new variant at the White House on Monday.

 

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